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"Impede" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "obstruir", and "hinder" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "dificultar". Learn more about the difference between "impede" and "hinder" below.
impede(
ihm
-
pid
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to block)
a. obstruir
We can't put a table in front of that door because it would impede access to the emergency exit.No podemos poner una mesa delante de esa puerta porque obstruiría el acceso a la salida de emergencia.
b. impedir
The government was not able to impede the criminals from leaving the country.El gobierno no consiguió impedir que los criminales salieran del país.
2. (to make difficult)
a. dificultar
The blazer should fit you snugly, but not so much that it impedes your movement.La chaqueta debe quedarte ajustada, pero no tanto que te dificulte el movimiento.
b. obstaculizar
How can you work with so many distractions impeding your progress?¿Cómo puedes trabajar con tantas distracciones obstaculizando tu progreso?
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hinder(
hihn
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duhr
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to make difficult)
a. dificultar
The project was hindered by endless bureaucracy.El proyecto se vio dificultado por un sinfín de cuestiones burocráticas.
b. entorpecer
Perjury hinders the process of justice.El perjurio entorpece el proceso judicial.
c. estorbar
I can see you're busy, so I won't hinder you any longer.Veo que está usted ocupado, así que no lo estorbo más.
d. obstaculizar
The delay in finishing the proposal hindered its approval.El retraso en completar la propuesta obstaculizó su aprobación.
2. (to prevent)
a. impedir
I won't let anyone hinder me from finding my daughter.No permitiré que nadie me impida encontrar a mi hija.
3. (to slow down)
a. entorpecer
Wind and snow hindered our progress.El viento y la nieve entorpecieron nuestro avance.
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